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Violating and flouting Grice's maxims in three dialogic songs in the Disney animation movie, The Lion King
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Grice's maxims have earlier been used to analyze fictional conversations in different genres, but hardly as the framework to analyzing dialogic songs. This study analyzed three dialogical songs from the Disney animation movie The Lion King using Grice's maxims as the framework.

The research questions were: how are Grice's maxims violated and flouted in the three songs I Just Can't Wait to Be King, Be Prepared and Hakuna Matata from the movie The Lion King? And what are the effects of violating and flouting Grice's maxims? Utterances from the songs which do not follow Grice's maxims have been categorized into either a violation or flouting depending on whether they were intended or not. Effects created in the course of violating or flouting Grice's maxims were then identified.

The results showed that the characters in the three songs violated and flouted all the four maxims, several times. Through these violations and floutings, two effects, 'power struggle' and 'distraction' appeared to emerge. Out of the nine extracts analyzed, six were put into power struggle, the rest into the category of distraction. What is significant about this study is that it seems to be the only study that uses Grice's maxims to analyze Disney songs.

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2018. , p. 35
Keywords [en]
Grice's maxims, the cooperative principle, violation, flouting, The lion king, dialogic songs, effects of violation, effects of flouting
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-13209Local ID: EXE400OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-13209DiVA, id: diva2:1271314
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Available from: 2018-12-21 Created: 2018-12-17 Last updated: 2018-12-21Bibliographically approved

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